Jordan Piantedosi’s personality is much like her art: vibrant, quirky, and seemingly over-caffeinated. If you ask her, much of what makes her images so colorful and involved is the influence of the Internet. “I’m really into tumblr, and porn, and any really specific, bizarre subgroups that you hear about on the Internet,” she says. “When it comes to the Internet, the deeper you go, the more you find out, that’s whats so fun about approaching the age of information from a creative standpoint.”
Piantedosi, 25 and attending MassArt, approaches concepts through a maximalist lens. Maximalism, the polar opposite of minimalism, is an artistic style that is completely over-stimulated, over-saturated, and to many, including Piantedosi, a reaction to Internet culture. “It’s like keeping a billion tabs open at once on your browser,” she says. “With all of the images people process on the Internet, I think people’s visual intelligence is becoming very geared toward art because of all the rapid-fire judging they regularly do.” The local artist recognizes this influence and uses it to her artistic advantage.
Creativity isn’t the only way Piantedosi is crafty with technology though. She has managed to become particularly sustainable in her artistic endeavors by using social media as her marketplace. Her hope is that other young artists, both local and beyond, will embrace tools like Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr, rather than look unfavorably toward them. “I’m the only artist I know that was able to pay for college by selling my paintings on Facebook,” she says. “Some people feel that your art becomes cheapened once it hits the Internet, but I totally disagree with that attitude. There’s no reason your work should be reserved for such a small group of people when artwork is something that the world desperately needs more of.”
Piantedosi’s work can be viewed on her Tumblr and purchased on her artist profile. She is currently collaborating with local designer Erin Robertson on a fashion line, and if you want to see her work up close in personal, either head to Beat Hotel in Harvard Square (her murals line the walls) or stop by The Beehive on Jan. 29, where some of her work will be displayed as part of the “Collective Creature” installation.